Bernadette Chirac

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Bernadette Chirac
Bernadette Chirac 1 (2009).jpg
Spouse of the President of France
In role
17 May 1995 – 16 May 2007
PresidentJacques Chirac
Preceded byDanielle Mitterand
Succeeded byCécilia Sarkozy
Personal details
Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chodron de Courcel

(1933-05-18) 18 May 1933 (age 89)
Paris, France
Jacques Chirac
(m. 1956; his death 2019)
RelationsClaude Chirac (daughter)
Martin Rey-Chirac (grandson)
Anh Dao Traxel (adoptive daughter)
ResidenceQuai Voltaire, Paris (personal)
Bity Castle, Sarran, Corrèze (personal)

Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chirac (born Bernadette Thérèse Marie Chodron de Courcel; 18 May 1933) is a French politician and the widow of the former President Jacques Chirac.

Post-First Lady roles[change | change source]

Since 2001, Bernadette has been a leading member of the "Pièces Jaunes" (Yellow Coins), a charity that aids children in French hospitals by collecting small change. On 3 September 2007, she became the president of the "Fondation Claude-Pompidou" (Claude Pompidou Foundation), following the death of its founder, Claude Pompidou.

She also helped her husband's being elected in 1995 and is herself an elected official in Corrèze, the couple's home département.

Honours[change | change source]

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • 2001: Bernadette Chirac by Bertrand Meyer-Stabley (Perrin Edition)
  • 2006: La Fille de Cœur by Anh Đào Traxel (Flammarion Editions) (a biography of the Chirac family by their foster daughter).
  • 2001: Conversation by Bernadette Chirac, with Patrick de Carolis, (Plon Editions)

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